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Actual lists of travelers are unusual.&nbsp;A few passenger lists are available at the New York State Archives for the [[Erie Canal|Erie Canal]] from 1827-1829. But lists of pioneers who settled an area are sometimes available on the Internet, or in the form of county or local histories. The diaries and journals of people on the move may help you learn who they had as companions on the journey, and what their trip was like.  
 
Actual lists of travelers are unusual.&nbsp;A few passenger lists are available at the New York State Archives for the [[Erie Canal|Erie Canal]] from 1827-1829. But lists of pioneers who settled an area are sometimes available on the Internet, or in the form of county or local histories. The diaries and journals of people on the move may help you learn who they had as companions on the journey, and what their trip was like.  
  
Censuses, directories, land and property records, plat maps, tax records, and voting registers can sometimes be used to learn where new arrivals settled. Starting in 1850 federal censuses show where a person was born, and starting in 1880 where the parents were born.
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Censuses, directories, land and property records, plat maps, tax records, and voting registers can sometimes be used to learn where new arrivals settled. Starting in 1850 federal censuses show where a person was born, and starting in 1880 where the parents were born.  
  
 
== '''Migration Records for Selected States'''  ==
 
== '''Migration Records for Selected States'''  ==
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== '''Key Reference Sources'''  ==
 
 
*William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/16509993 Map Guide to U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920]'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987) <nowiki>[</nowiki>FHL book 973 X2th<nowiki>]</nowiki>. Shows county boundary changes in each state from 1790 to 1920, and which census areas were lost or still exist.
 
*William Dollarhide, [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/41640325 ''The Census Book: a Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes: with Master Extraction Forms for Federal Census Schedules, 1790-1930'']. (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999)<nowiki>[</nowiki>FHL book 973 X27d<nowiki>]</nowiki>. An online edition is at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/help/census_book.html HeritageQuestOnline]. Discusses indexes,&nbsp;regular, and non-population schedules.
 
*G. David Dilts, "Censuses and Tax Lists" in Kory L. Meyerink, ed., ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/38206986 Printed Sources: a Guide to Published Genealogical Records]'' (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998), 300-52. Strategies for finding elusive ancestors, and history of indexing.
 
  
 
== '''Things you can do'''  ==
 
== '''Things you can do'''  ==

Revision as of 22:11, 25 June 2009

U.S. Migration Routes
U.S. Migration Topics
Substitute Records 

Other records that show where people originated or settled are:

United States  >  Migration Internal
Wagons were bumpy—most pioneers walked or rode horseback beside the oxen pulling their wagons.

Contents

Key U.S. Migration Internet Links

Value of Migration Research

Mountains, forests, rivers, and the gaps between them channelled migration into predictable settlement patterns. Events like gold or land rushes, and Indian treaties also affected settlement.

Understanding the transportation systems available to ancestors can help genealogists better guess their place of origin. Connect the place where an ancestor settled to the nearby canals,waterways, trails, roads, and railroads to look for connections to places they may have lived previously.

Migration research may help you discover:

  • a place of origin, previous hometown, or place where an ancestor settled
  • biographical details such as what they experienced, or with whom they traveled on their journey
  • clues for finding other records

Types of U.S. Migration Records

Actual lists of travelers are unusual. A few passenger lists are available at the New York State Archives for the Erie Canal from 1827-1829. But lists of pioneers who settled an area are sometimes available on the Internet, or in the form of county or local histories. The diaries and journals of people on the move may help you learn who they had as companions on the journey, and what their trip was like.

Censuses, directories, land and property records, plat maps, tax records, and voting registers can sometimes be used to learn where new arrivals settled. Starting in 1850 federal censuses show where a person was born, and starting in 1880 where the parents were born.

Migration Records for Selected States

Things you can do

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